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Homecoming Enewsletter

   June 18, 2013 Issue #5 - 2013 Planning Cycle   
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            Boo Hoo the Bear legacy

            All loyal Queen’s University alumni know that Queen’s mascot is Boo Hoo the Bear, and many would be able to pick him out of a crowd. There are even some who know the original Boo Hoo was a real live bear cub, and that there were 5 of them in total between 1922 and 1955. But there are precious few who would recognize the creature in these photos. These photos, from football seasons 1957 and 1958, show two attempts at creating a Boo Hoo the Bear costume so Queen’s could still have its mascot in some way. Since neither of these versions show up in later Tricolours, it’s believed they were considered to be unsuccessful, and Boo Hoo the Bear did not return to Queen’s until 1980 in his current beloved form.

Do you have any Boo Hoo memories? If so, please share them with Deirdre Bryden at Queen’s Archives. She’s gathering all the stories and myths surrounding Boo Hoo I-VI in hopes to write an accurate Boo Hoo the Bear history. One of the interesting Boo Hoo stories she’s heard recently was that in the 1920s, Boo Hoo used to sit on the window sills of the lecture rooms at Ontario Hall at 8:00 am, freely wander about the campus, and had a successor bear cub called “Gee Whiz”.  Is this fact or fiction? She’s looking for documentary evidence to prove it one way or another!

            So if you have any Boo Hoo the Bear stories to share, please contact Deirdre at or visit her during Homecoming at the Archives booth in Grant Hall.

Send a Message to Your First Year Self
 Ever wished you could go back in time and tell your first year self, or even yourself a few months ago, what you know now? Well, you can’t go back in time but there is a way to help someone else by sharing what you wished you had known. Queen's University Information and Student Help (QUISH)presents “To My First Year Self”.

            While thinking back over your time at Queen's with your upcoming reunion in a few short months, why not share what you've learned from YOUR experiences with incoming Queen's students? This is why QUISH is asking you to send in the advice, encouragement, information, and any pieces of wisdom that you would have said to your first year self or at any time in the past. It is worth taking the time to remember what you learned and see how far you’ve come, as well as help another student have the best experience possible at Queen's.

            Submit your advice to your first year self by emailing and your advice will be posted to the QUISH Facebook and Twitter feeds or tweet your advice using #QUISH and have your advice retweeted.

Social Media and Homecoming

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            It's been 10 years since this photo was taken at Homecoming 2003 - Any familiar faces?

            Homecoming Trivia
Q:What special ceremony was held for the Science class of 1914 at the 1950 Fall Reunion?

An Iron Ring ceremony. Iron Rings became a symbol of the engineering profession after this class had graduated, so Queen’s gave them the opportunity to obtain one! 





            108 Days Until the first Homecoming Weekend!


            Homecoming Event Spotlight

            Faculties and schools open their doors to alumni!

            A variety of events are being planned within the Schools and Faculties to welcome alumni and open the doors to new, exciting facilities and provide opportunities to connect with current faculty, students and staff.

            The School of Business is hosting its popular Alumni Brunch on both Saturdays of Homecoming, complete with a tour of Goodes Hall, the exquisitely restored 120-year-old Victorian schoolhouse with 143,000 square feet of new design and structure.

            TheFaculty of Law will be welcoming alumni to breakfast in Macdonald Hall on both Saturdays to meet current law students and see the upgrades and changes to their law school. Later those days, Dean Flanagan will be welcoming alumni to the annual Dean's Cocktail Reception to mingle with Professors and fellow graduates of Queen's Law.

            The Faculty of Health Sciences is hosting a number of events to welcome Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation Therapy alumni. A snapshot of the events being planned: an Alumni Reception on the Fridays in the new School of Medicine building, a variety of options on the Saturdays including the Continuing Professional Development Symposium, School of Nursing Open House and School of and Rehabilitation Therapy Homecoming Brunch.

            The Faculty of Arts and Science is inviting alumni to come out on Saturday morning to connect with old friends and meet the new Dean of Arts and Science over a free cup of coffee in the Arts and Science tent in front of Grant Hall.

            The School of Graduate Studies will be at Grant Hall both weekends to connect with Graduate alumni and to showcase the recent 3 Minute Thesis competitors.

            The School of Music will be presenting their popular Showcase event on Friday, October 18 in Grant Hall. All are welcome to attend and tickets are available at the door ($5 students/seniors, $10 adults).

            The School of Kinesiology and Health Studies is having a Post-game BBQ hosted by PHEKSA for all alumni. Come out and enjoy some great BBQ-ing to celebrate the Queen's win with all PHE and KIN alumni from years past.

            The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is confirming several events to welcome alumni and to invite them to engage with current faculty, students and staff.

            The Department of English will be holding a series of events to welcome alumni, current students, and the wider community. Events to celebrate their 125th include an Alumni Mixer Reception on Friday, October 5, a Battle of the Books event previewing this year's Giller Nominees and a Wine and Cheese with Profs and Emeriti - both on Saturday, October 5.

            Full details on these and more Faculty, School and Departmental events are available on the Homecoming website. Many additional events are being planned as well so stay tuned for updates!

Which Classes are Coming "Home"?

            This year, Queen’s welcomes home the classes of 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1978, 1973, 1968, 1963, and the classes of 1940 to 1962. After their 50th anniversary, alumni are welcomed to return to Queen’s every year, instead of every five years.

            Queen’s faculties, departments, teams, and clubs also celebrate milestone anniversaries at Queen’s Homecoming.

Confirmed groups returning for the October 4 - 6 weekend include:

            Arts and Science Classes of '68, '78, '88, and '08;
            Commerce Classes of '68, '78, '88, '98, and '08;
            Applied Science Classes of '48, '68, 78, '88, '98, and '08;
            Law Classes of '68, '78, '88, '93, '98, and '08;
            MBA Classes of '78 and '88;
            Medicine Classes of '68, '78, and '88;
            Nursing Classes of '78, '88 and '08;
            Phys Ed Classes of '68, '78, and '88;
            Rehab Therapy Classes of '78 and '88 (PT);
            Football '78 - 35th Vanier Cup Reunion.

Confirmed groups returning for the October 18 - 20 weekend include:

            AIESEC '68;
            Arts & Science Classes of '53, '58, '63, '73, Biology '78, '83, Geology '83, '93, and '03;
            Commerce Classes of '48, '53, '58, '63, '73, '83, '93 and '03;
            Engineering & Applied Science Classes of '43, '53, '58, '63, '73, '83, '93, and '03;
            Law Classes of '63, '73, '83, and '03;
            MBA Classes of '63 and '73;
            Medicine Classes of '50, '53, '58, '63, '73, '83, and '93;
            Music Class of '73;
            Nursing Classes of '73, '83 and '93;
            Phys Ed Classes of '53, '58, '63, '73, '83 and '93;
            Queen's International Affairs Association;
            and Rehab Therapy Class of '83.

            Other reunions currently in the planning stages include Athletic group reunions, the 125th anniversary of the Department of English, and the 40th anniversary of School of Music.


October 4-6 and October 18-20
            These schedule drafts are currently in development and events are still being confirmed to be included. All details below are subject to change.
Registration is live at
            Note that unless indicated otherwise, events will run on BOTH weekends.

            If you are interested in having Alumni Relations help promote your event to Queen's alumni, students and the Kingston community, visit our Event Submission Page

  • 12 - 6 pm - Clark Hall Ritual (Clark Hall Pub)
  • 1 - 4 pm - Welcome Home! Alumni Meet & Greet (Grant Hall)
  • 1 - 9 pm – Scavenger Hunt! (Queen’s Campus and Throughout Kingston)
  • 4- 6 pm - Students/Alumni/Community Networking Event (Grad Club)
  • 4 - 11 pm - Pub and Restaurant Specials (Downtown Kingston)
  • 4:30 – 6 pm Faculty of Health Sciences Alumni Reception ((David M C Walker Atrium, Medicine Building)
  • 5 - 9 pm - Class and Group Reunion Activities (Queen’s Campus and Throughout Kingston)
  • 6 pm - 12 am - Community Welcome Events (Throughout Kingston)
  • Sundown - Movies in the Square (Springer Market Square)
  • 7 - 10 pm - Distinguished Service Awards (invitation-only) *OCT 18 ONLY*
  • 7:30 - 9 pm - School of Music Showcase (Grant Hall) *OCT 18 ONLY*

  • 7 - 10 am - Breakfast with Students (Leonard Hall)
  • 8 - 11 am - Welcome Home! Alumni Meet & Greet (Grant Hall)
  • 8 – 10:30 am – Continuing Professional Development Symposium for Alumni (School of Medicine Building, Room 132 A and the David M C Walker Atrium)
  • 9 - 11 am - Student Clubs / Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) Showcase (Grant Hall)
  • 9 - 11 am - Faculty and School Open Houses (various buildings at Queen’s)
  • 9 am – 8 pm – Scavenger Hunt! (Queen’s Campus and throughout Kingston)
  • 9:45 - 11 am - 25th Reunion Crest Painting (location at Queen's TBD) *OCT 5 ONLY*
  • 10 am – Kingston Welcomes Queen's Alumni, featuring Queen's Bands performance (Springer Market Square)
  • 10 am – 12 pm – Law Continental Breakfast and Student-Guided Tours (Macdonald Hall Atrium)
  • 10 am – 12 pm – Queen’s School of Business Alumni Brunch & Goodes Hall Tour (Goodes Hall)
  • 10 am – 12 pm – Meet the New Dean of Arts and Science (Outside of Grant Hall)
  • 10 am – 2 pm – School of Nursing Open House (School of Nursing, 92 Barrie Street)
  • 11 am – Tour of the Athletics and Recreation Centre
  • 11 am - 1 pm - 25th Reunion Celebration (Richardson Stadium)  *OCT 5 ONLY*
  • 11 am - 12 pm - 3 km Tricolour Run/Walk
  • 11 am - 1:30 pm - Battle of the Books: Panel Discussion previewing the 2013 Giller Prize Nominees *OCT 5 ONLY*
  • 12 - 3 pm - Chilifest (Confederation Park) *OCT 5 ONLY*
  • 12 pm - Queen's Bands Parade (Grant Hall to Richardson Stadium)
  • 1 - 4 pm - Football Game (Richardson Stadium)               
    • Oct 5 – Laurier @ Queen’s
    • Oct 19 – Guelph @ Queen’s
  • 2:30 pm (approx.) - Half-time Parade (Richardson Stadium)
  • 5 pm - 12 am - Community Events (throughout Kingston)
  • 3 pm – Tour of the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC)
  • 4 pm – Tour of the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC)
  • 5 – 7 pm – Physical Education and Kinesiology – Game Day BBQ (Outside of the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies Building)
  • 5:30 – 7 pm – Law - Dean’s Cocktail Reception (The University Club)
  • 5 - 10 pm - Queen's Grant Hall Society Dinner (invitation-only) *OCT 5 ONLY*
  • 6 - 9 pm - Tricolour Guard Dinner (Ban Righ Hall) *OCT 19 ONLY*
  • 8 – 10 pm – School of Music Dinner (Location TBC) *OCT 19 ONLY*
  • 9 pm - 1 am - Pub Night Specials, Retro Music Features (pubs, clubs and bars at Queen's campus and throughout Kingston)
  • 7 - 10 am - Breakfast with Students (Leonard Hall)
  • 9 - 11 am - Community Breakfasts/Brunches (throughout Kingston)
  • 9:30 am - 12 pm - Queen’s Gives Back (Outside of the John Deutsch University Center, or inside its Lower Ceilidh in the case of poor weather)
  • 10:30 am - 12 pm - Athletics Brunch (Queen's Centre) *OCT 20 ONLY*


            Welcome Tent (location at Queen's TBD)
            Scavenger Hunt! (throughout Queen's and Kingston)



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Did you know?

            Past issues of the Homecoming e-newsletter are available on the Homecoming website:
            April, 2013
            May, 2013
Catching up with friends at the Homecoming 2003 Football Game
Looking for Queen's treasures
            Of course Queen’s will always hold a special place in our hearts, but are some of your university mementos taking up too much closet space? Consider donating them to the Queen’s Archives! The Archives team is always accepting donations of Queen’s memorabilia(everything from clothing to photographs) to add to their vibrant collection. This is a great opportunity to contribute to your alma mater’s permanent records and keep Queen’s history alive for years to come.
            Queen’s Archives will be present at Registration (Welcome Home! Alumni Meet & Greet) during both Homecoming weekends to welcome you home, as well as to accept any donations. They are also open all year round and can be reached at 613-533-2378 or


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